Hi, I would like to do a hobby project to simulate falcon 9 stage-1 launch, make a full earth orbit and successfully land at launch site. Can you guys help me point to all the resources that i would need, to do this?
I am a software programmer, haven't done any simulation before, do not have much background in aeronautics, but learned some concepts when playing Kerbal Space Program and have been following space related news since the launch of Mars Curiosity.
My only concern with KSP is that I spend a lot of time manually steering the launch vehicle. Is there some kind of script mode or automation, where I can set the entire launch time line, code a feedback logic to align the thrust along velocity vector, throttle engines to limit acceleration, etc. and directly see the final results? Time needed to run a launch simulation 10 times is much less than launching a rocket 10 times in KSP.
FAR (ferrum aerospace research - pretty realistic aerodynamic simulation including trans and supersonic effects as well as heating)
further modding KSP for this purpose sounds a lot easier to me that writing a new program from scratch.
its really a good question if theres a way to run the KSP physics sim "headless"
By the way, there is an awesome video about how SpaceX does their in house fluid dynamic simulation.